Coronavirus Q&A - Students

Last updated 06/23/2020 2:00pm

 If you have questions about what to expect as a UVU student this fall please check out the Fall 2020 Student Information website. Topics include classroom modifications, academic support services, online course tips, and other important information.

 

Is the SLWC open?

Yes, beginning June 8th with modified hours and services.

 

How can I access Student Health Services (SHS)?

Please see https://www.uvu.edu/studenthealth/ for information on how to access SHS, including mental health therapists and the crisis team. SHS is not a test site for COVID-19. If you are presenting COVID-19 symptoms, please call SHS at 801-863-8876 rather than coming to campus. SHS will answer questions and give referrals to COVID-19 testing. 

You may also visit https://www.testutah.com/ where you can take an online assessment to determine symptoms and receive a test if needed.

 

What resources are available at Student Health Services?

The following resources are available:

 

When should masks or face shields be worn on campus?

Masks or other facial coverings will be required for students attending face to face courses. Masks or other facial coverings will be encouraged for all faculty, staff, and students outside of the classroom while on campus.

 

Will UVU provide free masks and/or face shields for students, staff, and faculty?

Currently, UVU is providing one reusable mask for each employee. The State of Utah is providing each Utah mailing address up to six reusable masks, free of charge, via this link. Masks can also be found online and at in-person retailers.

 

What if I decline to wear a mask in a classroom?

Masks or other facial coverings will be required for students attending face to face courses. Masks or other facial coverings will be encouraged for all faculty, staff, and students outside of the classroom while on campus. Should you decline to wear a mask in a classroom, you may be referred to the Office Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Please note that referral to Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution does not constitute behavioral misconduct in and of itself, rather you should expect to work with Conduct or Ombuds staff to settle the dispute through a variety of options. Should you have a disability, phobia, or other reason which feasibly prevents you from wearing a mask, you should contact the Office of Accessibility Services to determine if an accommodation is needed.

 

What if I decline to adhere to social distancing guidelines in the classroom?

Classroom seating will be arranged to promote social distancing guidelines and students are encouraged to leave the seating arrangements where they are. Should you decline to adhere to social distancing guidelines, faculty may ask you to leave the classroom and not return until you have met with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

 

What if I am harassed, threatened, or bullied (“mask shamed”) by students, faculty or staff regarding my decision to wear or not wear a mask?

Report any instances of threats, bullying or harassment, either online or in person, to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. If you feel your safety may be in imminent danger, notify campus police immediately by calling 801-863-5555 or dialing 911. 

  

Do you have tips to help me manage my stress and/or anxiety related to COVID-19? 

Yes. SHS has resources available to help students that are dealing with stress and/or anxiety related to COVID-19.

If you are experiencing emotional distress related to COVID-19, you can also call Intermountain Healthcare’s COVID-19 Emotional Health Relief Hotline at 833-442-2211. There is no cost to call, and the hotline will be staffed every day from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

If you are in crisis, please access the SafeUT app, which will connect you to licensed counselors who are ready to respond 24/7 at no cost. You can text, call, or submit a tip anonymously.

Here are additional resources:

 

What if I tested positive for COVID-19?

Please complete the UVU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

What should I do if I need academic accommodations due to the changes from the pandemic?

Students who need accommodations due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility at accessibilityservices@uvu.eduor 801-863-8747 located in Losee Center 312.

Examples may include having a mild hearing impairment that you did not previously need an accommodation for, but now find it difficult to hear an instructor who is wearing a face mask, or an inability to wear a face covering due  a health condition, or difficulty testing at home for your online class due a disability, or concern attending face to face classes due to being in a high-risk category.

How can I access food resources?

The UVU Food Pantry has temporarily suspended our services to reduce strain on community food bank resources. To find community food resources closest to you, please visit bit.ly/UVUFOOD.  As soon as we are able to resume our services, we will update the UVU Food Pantry website.

If you have children, all area school districts have been authorized to offer free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for all children ages 0–18. For a list of locations, please contact your child’s school district. 

 

What if I lost my job due to COVID-19?

Please contact the Department of Workforce Services at https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/index.html to determine additional resources. You can also dial 211 to access the United Way of Utah County or visit https://unitedwayuc.org/COVID-19

 

Are there community resources available to students who are facing food or housing insecurity? 

Yes. Please visit http://www.uvu.edu/studentcare to access community resources or dial 211 to access the United Way of Utah County or visit https://unitedwayuc.org/COVID-19 to help support food or housing insecurity. 

 

What if I can’t pay a bill or have an urgent, unexpected expense? 

If you have a specific expense that threatens your housing, health, or safety, you can apply for the expense to be covered by the UVU emergency fund. These funds are usually given in amounts ranging from $50-$500. You are only eligible for this funding if you have already accepted all grants and/or scholarships available to you. Fill out the emergency fund application to submit your request. 

You may also be interested in working with UVU’s Money Management Resource Center, which can help with managing money. Virtual appointments are now available.

 

How do I access Financial Aid? 

 

How can I access the CARES Act funding as a student?

Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

 

Can I get out of my housing contract? 

In consultation with federal, state, and local officials, UVU made the determination that following Spring Break, the remainder of the semester will be delivered in an online format as much as reasonably possible. This was not an easy or light decision, as UVU is aware there are many affected by this decision, including students returning home while still under active rental agreements. The UVU community understands what a difficult situation this creates, but the safety and security of UVU students, faculty, and staff are of the highest importance. The global pandemic COVID-19 virus has created is unprecedented. It has disrupted almost every aspect of daily life. Since UVU is not a party to the rental agreements, UVU unfortunately cannot provide legal advice or representation for students to cancel their housing contracts. We have reached out to several apartment complexes encouraging them and are hopeful the apartment managers will be willing to work with students as their living arrangements have changed. UVU apologizes for the inconvenience this unparalleled change has presented, but this is a developing situation that UVU is trying its best to navigate. Please read through the student FAQ for additional resources that may help you during this time.

 

What if I travel during the COVID-19 outbreak? 

If you plan to travel for personal reasons or recently traveled out of the state (domestic or international), you MUST fill out UVU's self-reporting travel questionnaire. In line with CDC recommendations, students are okay to return to campus following domestic travel unless you have had close contact exposure to known positive COVID-19 person or someone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (defined as 15 min or longer, less than 6 feet, no PPE worn).